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What is Physical Distancing (Social Distancing)?


Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. This will help to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.


The Algoma district, our communities should continue to use physical distancing measures and use non-medical face coverings in instances where physical distancing can be a challenge (i.e. grocery store, pharmacy)



The Government of Ontario has prohibited all large events and public gatherings of over 10 people (as of June 12, 2020). Organizers who have questions about exceptions are encouraged to contact Algoma Public Health.


This is what we mean by physical distancing:


  • If you are experiencing symptoms, stay home

  • If you are not experiencing symptoms, but have had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 or have had recent travel outside of the country, stay home.

  • Limit contact with people who are more vulnerable and are at higher risk of serious illness needing hospitalization This includes people who have underlying medical conditions and people who are elderly. People who are more vulnerable should also limit their exposure to crowded places.

  • Avoid close contact with people outside of your immediate families.  This means staying more than 2 metres away from another person and avoiding physical contact, such as handshakes. 

  • If you need groceries or medicine from the pharmacy, or other necessary supplies, please do run your errands as needed. While out in public, avoid crowds and maintain a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from those around you.

  • Ask your employer about options to work from home, if possible. If you have meetings planned, consider doing them virtually instead of in person.

  • We live in northern Ontario with lots of outdoor space.  If you are healthy and feeling well, you can still go outside to take a walk, go for a run, clear the snow, do yard work, walk your dog, and enjoy nature while still keeping 2 metres (6 feet) of away from each other.  Staying active improves both physical and mental health.  Being in nature and green space is also good for mental health and coping with stress.

  • You can also use technology to connect with family and friends. 


Physical distancing will help limit the spread of COVID-19, but it may also lead to changes in the ways you connect with others. Physical distancing does not necessarily mean becoming socially isolated. Find new ways to connect with others and practice self-care during this time.


For more information on support mental health visit our Mental Health and COVID-19 page.


We are all in this together.